As a multi-purpose professional organization representing the diverse interests of every registered nurse in the United States, the ANA has long supported the rights of registered nurses to have the freedom of choice regarding their work environments. ANA has a strong track record in preserving and protecting the inalienable rights and preferences of nurses regarding whether or not they choose to join a union. ANA recognizes that collective bargaining is not the preferred route for some registered nurses, but for many others, it is. As a result, ANA works to preserve the legal right to organize and bargain collectively.
The freedom to decide to organize is underscored in the ANA's Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements.
Some constituent member associations of ANA serve as an advocate for the nurse by seeking to secure just compensation and humane working conditions for nurses. by engaging in collective bargaining on behalf of nurses. While seeking to assure just economic and general welfare for nurses, collective bargaining, nonetheless, seeks to keep the interests of both nurses and patients in balance.